Indian scientists are preparing to step finishing test ur air combat long-range Astra missile before likely taking into service in 2015, reports newindianexpress.com February 2.
Maybe the rocket will be launched from ground launcher at Chandipur test site off the coast odyssey this month. Organization of defense research and development DRDO couple of times has been criticized for the delay in the implementation of applets. Development of the missile has been ongoing for 10 years.
The purpose of testing is to verify the performance characteristics of the motor and aerodynamics SD. Missile tests planned to finish by the end of this year.
In 2012 there have been three successful launch missiles from the ground PU interception purposes in December 2012 were conducted flights of Su-30 missile on board (Air Force base in Pune). After graduating from ground test plans to launch a rocket from an aircraft carrier.
With a solid rocket engine has a length of 3.8 m, a mass of about 154 kg, warhead weight, curb proximity fuse is 15 kg. SD created for destruction of small (up to 20 km) and huge (up to 80 km) range, with all this use different line of motion flight SD. The missile is armed with active radar homing and resistant to enemy electronic warfare. Range of fire on the aircraft in the front hemisphere of 80 km at 20 km flight in pursuit.
Developed versions of anti-aircraft missiles. One of them is capable of hitting targets at a distance of 90-110 km and an altitude of 15 km, the second — up to 40 km at an altitude of 10 km, the third at a distance of 30 km is able to intercept the target, hovering at sea level.
After adopting Astra missiles may be armed fighters Mirage 2000H, MiG-29, Sea Harrier, Su-30MKI, MiG-21 Bison and recently put into service light combat aircraft Tejas.